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The Seminary of Brasília

Seminary of Brasilia Seminário Maior de Brasília

Estrada Parque Dom Bosco - SHIS IQ-17 LAGO SUL
Caixa Postal 7026
CEP 71619-970 - DF - BRASIL 

Contact: Fr. Marco Antonio Forero Reyes, PSS, Rector
Ph.: (55-61) 366-1919 or 366-2022
Fax: (55-61) 366-1316
Email: seminario.brasilia@sulpc.org
Website: www.seminariomaiordebrasilia.com.br 

Brief History of the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima 

The city of Brasília was inaugurated on April 21, 1960 as the new capital of Brazil. Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Brasília was coming into existence under the leadership of Dom José Newton de Almeida Baptista, who previously held the seat of Bishop of Urugaiana (1944) and Archbishop of Diamantina (1954). Since the creation of the archdiocese by Pope John XXIII, the project of a new seminary appears. The new archbishop sees this as one of his first pastoral duties. On March 1, 1962, he inaugurates a minor seminary which he entrusted to the Lazarist Fathers. 

Subsequently, he sought a solution to the problem of formation of priests for his young archdiocese. Through the Apostolic Nuncio, Dom Camine Rocco, he contacts the General Superior of Saint Sulpice, Fr. Constant Bouchaud, with a request of collaboration by the Sulpicians at the foundation of a new major seminary. Following a site visit by the Provincial Superior of the Canadian Province of Saint Sulpice, Fr. Roland Dorris, the Sulpicians took charge of the seminary that opens its doors in March 1976.

Seminario Maior de Brasília - Nossa Senhora de Fatíma

On February 10 of the same year, the first Rector, Fr. Rodrigo Arango Velásquez, PSS arrives in Bogotá with Fr. Télesphore Gagnon, PSS Fr. Damasceno Assis, who later will become Auxiliary Bishop of Brasília and Secretary of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), assists them in their work. This is the team that welcomes on March 8, 1976 the first eight seminarians. And on March 25, Feast of the Annunciation, the official inauguration of the new house is celebrated. In 1981, Fr. Álvaro Jaramillo succeeds the first rector and the following year, the seminary offers to the Church its first priests: two for Brasilia, one for Goiania and one for Vitória da Conquista. In subsequent years, the seminary will welcome students from more than 16 dioceses and 5 religious communities. Subsequently, succeed as rectors of the house, Fr. Nelson Londoño, PSS (1987), Fr. Humberto Jorge Pacheco, PSS (1994), Fr. Jacques D'Arcy, PSS (2000), Fr. Pacheco Jorge Rojas, PSS (2005) and Fr. Marco Antonio Forero Reyes (2011).

Current Status of the Seminary

The Seminary currently has 90 seminarians from 6 dioceses. The largest number (38) come from Brasília. The others belong to 5 dioceses:

Diocese Seminarians 
Conceição do Araguai   4
Formosa 16
Jatai   4
Luziânia 12
Uruaçu 16

Elements of formation

The Seminary wants to provide its students with a university level education open to humanism, a formation that enables everyone to develop his Christian faith, to nourish his spiritual life and to make him able to transmit the Gospel to the human person of today. To be admitted to the seminary, one must have completed high school. The curriculum is developed in two stages:
  • A cycle of philosophy of three years. To the basic studies in philosophy, cosmology, anthropology, critics and ontology, an introduction to the Sacred Scriptures and to pastoral care is added.
  • A cycle of theology of four years increases the knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures as well as the theology of the mysteries of Christ, while preparing more immediately to the pastoral ministry. It also addresses ecclesiastical sciences: Church history, liturgy and canon law.
The Seminary has 44 professors of whom 10 belong to the formation team under the direction of the Rector, Fr. Marco Antonio Forero Reyes, PSS

ed @ Peter Krasuski Source http://www.sulpc.org/ed/sulpc_sem_brasilia_en.html

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